#WeThePeople LIVE

#WeThePeople LIVE

In an era of thought bubbles, of talking points, of fake news and phony debate, #WeThePeople LIVE is a refreshing bar-room conversation about the biggest issues of our time. A place to reach across the conversational chasm. Pull up a stool, grab a cocktail, and help make debate healthy again. It's the discussion show for planet earth.

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EP 135. IS ISRAEL RACIST?

#WeThePeople LIVE

Chloé Valdary is a columnist from New York via New Orleans... and an unlikely champion of Israel.

96 Min

Sep 5, 2018

EP 134. DR KARL - LIVE!

#WeThePeople LIVE

Australia's greatest science communicator takes your questions LIVE at Giant Dwarf Theatre.

76 Min

Aug 29, 2018

EP 133. "GODLESS SPELLCHECKER"

#WeThePeople LIVE

Stephen Knight, aka "The Godless Spellchecker", is a British atheist podcaster who counts Ricky Gervais and Richard Dawkins among his fans.

74 Min

Aug 22, 2018

Episode
Podcast
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75 min
Aug 11, 2018
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Can an Asian American be "racist" against whites? Many have argued an emphatic "No" ever since the New York Times appointed Sarah Jeong to its editorial board, despite her Twitter history of anti-white prejudice. What should we make of that?

60 min
Jul 29, 2018
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The French soccer team that won the World Cup was pretty black. Too black, apparently, for racists, white supremacists and... Daily Show host Trevor Noah?

52 min
Jul 21, 2018
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Rachel Corbett, panelist on The Project, tries to convince Josh to care about the 11 boys saved from a Thai cave. Why doesn't he?

47 min
Jul 15, 2018
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Kyle Kulinski is progressive talk show host whose YouTube show, Secular Talk, has more than half a million subscribers and almost half a billion video views.

72 min
Jul 7, 2018
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Is it moral for a restaurant to boot out a Trump administration official? How much should you seek to "understand" your political foes, and how much is that a naïve instinct that'll only get your ass kicked?

50 min
May 30, 2018
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You probably eat chicken, right? You might even be eating some right now. But how did they go from scrawny fowl scratching around in the wild to the industrial commodity that they are now

48 min
May 21, 2018
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What's better than a Royal Wedding, you ask? How about an all-new LIVE episode taped during the Royal Wedding with three of Australia’s most famous, thoughtful and funny media personalities

63 min
May 15, 2018
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As a non-Muslim, the Arab commentator Lalo Dagach is a champion of minority rights in the Arab world. A razor sharp thinker and unapologetic firebrand, Lalo and Josh sit down to solve the world's problems... one misguided stereotype at a time.

41 min
May 7, 2018
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Kevin Peter Hickerson is a nuclear physicist and the host of the comedy podcast 'Surely You're Joking', where science and comedy collide. He joins Josh to explain nuclear physics and comedy. Easy, right?

47 min
Apr 28, 2018
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Why is this modern life so anxious? Why are we popping so much Prozac and Xanax? British journalist Johann Hari has a bombshell of a theory

61 min
Apr 22, 2018
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Michael Ian Black is famous for The State and Wet Hot American Summer. He is very funny. He is very thoughtful. He dislikes guns. He likes moose. What does that make him? Exactly: A perfect guest for this very show.

55 min
Apr 15, 2018
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No, not just airstrikes on Syria, but a live show plumbing military history, the guts of sacrifice, and why millennials are rolling the dice with civilization

61 min
Apr 7, 2018
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Josh takes a moment to talk about this thing we call race. Is it real? Or is it a social construct? Or is it both? And can you really tell if someone is Irish just by looking at them?

50 min
Mar 25, 2018
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A sea change is sweeping the White House. A new Secretary of State. A new CIA chief. And a new National Security Advisor, John Bolton. Will he destroy the world?

35 min
Mar 20, 2018
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Heidi Matthews is a Canadian law professor and a self-described socialist feminist sex radical. She has a few problems with the #MeToo movement—and isn’t shy to tell Josh why.

74 min
Mar 11, 2018
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In a world fractured by fundamentalism, Josh steps back to ask some bigger questions. To understand the meaning of life, tune in.

64 min
Mar 3, 2018
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Rutger Bregman and Josh wrestle with a number of his audacious ideas: a 15-hour work week, the robot revolution, whether you're wasting your life on a meaningless job, and how you could focus on bigger stuff

60 min
Feb 24, 2018
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Has #MeToo gone too far? Are we encouraging young women to be victims? In front of a live audience, two of Australia’s most successful women from different generations discuss sexual harassment and political sex scandals

55 min
Feb 17, 2018
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In the wake of the second-deadliest shooting at a public school in US history, Josh ditches our regular episode to bring you his unique perspective as a foreigner living in America.

57 min
Feb 10, 2018
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Josh and Paul Shaprio, founder of Compassion Over Killing, wrestle with the big questions of animal welfare, ethics, biology... and the food revolution that’s coming.

47 min
Feb 3, 2018
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“Dr Karl” is the most popular face of science in Australia. He sits down with Josh to discuss communicating science to the general public.

61 min
Jan 27, 2018
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Happy Australia Day, America. We discuss why Australia's national day is so controversial, what makes Aussies weird, what perplexes us about Americans, why some countries truly are shitholes, and why babies should never be allowed at the tennis

60 min
Jan 21, 2018
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Two days after Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, Josh sat down with one of the world's greatest scientists and rationalists, Richard Dawkins, at a live event at Philadelphia's Penn Museum

63 min
Jan 13, 2018
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What did we do wrong in 2017? How might we do 2018 better?

60 min
Nov 14, 2017
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Host of the David Pakman Show, a nationally syndicated progressive talk show on TV and radio.

60 min
Nov 7, 2017
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It's 3 years until Election Night 2020. One year down. Three to go.

71 min
Oct 25, 2017
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Kmele Foster on being black (or not?), the culture wars, Trump, and free speech.

98 min
Sep 24, 2017
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Josh and Ben sit down to attempt a constructive disagreement about the role of the State, religion, Medicare, transgender issues and more.

103 min
Sep 5, 2017
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Scott is among Donald Trump’s most intriguing fans. He’s one of the world’s most successful cartoonists as the creator of “Dilbert”, the comic strip that appears in 2,000 newspapers in 65 countries and 25 languages.

48 min
Aug 31, 2017
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It’s a special summer spectacular, “The Best of the Brits”, in which Josh brings you highlights from two of his favorite observers of human behavior.

95 min
Aug 29, 2017
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Do you “mansplain”? Do you “whitesplain”? Josh gets into a robust argument about identity politics, free speech and political correctness with proud left-winger Thomas Smith of the podcast Serious Inquiries Only.

104 min
Aug 15, 2017
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Left-wing conversational bomb-thrower Michael Brooks is launching his own online talk show. But can he save the world?

70 min
Aug 5, 2017
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In turbulent times, we can lose sight of the little things—such as, for example, the meaning of life. Oliver Burkeman hasn’t. Why should you be happy when everything’s going screwy? Listen in and find out.

100 min
Jul 14, 2017
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Josh and Bret sit down, not to discuss what happened—you can hear that elsewhere—but to discuss how his ideas led him here: Ideas about equality, learning, justice, and Ritalin.

56 min
Jun 28, 2017
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Rachel Corbett sits down with Josh to hammer out her thoughts about feminism, equality, and and the unfairer sex.

46 min
Jun 21, 2017
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“America’s War on Drugs” is a new History Channel show that uncovers how the C.I.A. and the mafia stoked America’s appetite for illegal drugs.

74 min
Jun 15, 2017
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In the wake of the Manchester concert attack and two London terrorist attacks, Ali and Josh dig into the thorny topic of how to reform Islam without tarnishing Muslims.

43 min
Jun 12, 2017
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Joining Josh to wrestle through the moral mayhem of meat is Paul Shapiro of the Humane Society and the founder of Compassion Over Killing. Grab a burger and settle in.

70 min
Jun 7, 2017
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Josh sits down with comic Mike Coscarelli and libertarian journalist Anthony Fisher to ask: How much free speech is too much free speech?

49 min
Jun 5, 2017
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Dig deep into your brain juice, humans, and geek out about morality and the limits of reason. It’s Part Two of Josh’s sit-down with the Very Bad Wizards: philosopher Tamler Sommers and psychologist David Pizarro.

78 min
Jun 1, 2017
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Behold! The wizards speaketh! Tamler Sommers is a philosopher and David Pizarro is a psychologist who ponder human morality on their podcast, Very Bad Wizards.

61 min
May 29, 2017
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Put your history hats on, humans. It’s time for everyone's favorite charismatically-rumpled Professor of Democracy & Justice to make the case for, well… Democracy! And Justice!

53 min
May 25, 2017
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What is impeachment? How does it work? Has President Trump done anything impeachable? And if he has, would impeachment be politically wise? Would it be just?

56 min
May 23, 2017
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Kmele Foster of FreeThink Media is our guest this week. He doesn’t like Jake Tapper. Because Jake Tapper believes in objectivity. But doesn’t Kmele? Doesn’t Josh? Wait, what?

66 min
May 15, 2017
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Sam Harris and Josh wrestle with such mind-expanding questions as what it means to be self-aware, whether computers will ever feel, and whether consciousness might be woven into the very fabric of the universe.

74 min
May 10, 2017
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James West and Ben Dreyfus are young renegade reporters who work as Senior Editors at the non-profit investigative news magazine Mother Jones

65 min
May 8, 2017
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Free speech. Campus protests. Black Lives Matter. Snowflakes. Sam Harris is one of America’s most insightful and controversial public intellectuals.

39 min
May 1, 2017
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At a live Brooklyn lollapalooza, three commanding comics join Josh to discuss being black,female and/or just weird in the first 100 days of Trump's America.

45 min
Apr 26, 2017
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#WeThePeople LIVE has been picked up by Slate's Panoply network and we're celebrating with a return to our roots: Bantering live in a Brooklyn bar.

72 min
Apr 19, 2017
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Three big stories are coming out of EuropaLand this week, and Josh wants to figure out what they mean for you. First, the UK just announced a surprise early election; second, France goes to the polls next week in an election that could blow up the E.U....

73 min
Apr 13, 2017
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The world has gone gaga over a viral video of an innocent passenger being dragged violently off a plane. Why? Why are we so transfixed? Why are airlines so crappy, and cops so aggressive? Why are corporations so cynical, and why do we stand by? Josh co...

52 min
Apr 9, 2017
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President Trump has fired missiles into Syria after its dictator, President Assad, gassed civilians. The alt-Right is furious. The Left is, too. Who better to burst the anti-Trump bubble than a smart hawk like Eli Lake? He and Josh break down the most ...

39 min
Mar 29, 2017
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Should Democrats give a damn about hillbillies? They seem to feel they should. Since Trump, there’s been much hand-wringing about how to escape the liberal bubble and understand the white rural working poor. “Quit it”, says Frank Rich, the editor-at-la...

50 min
Mar 24, 2017
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It's been a controversial week for comedy legend Andy Kindler. The Letterman alum kicked a hornet's nest by tweeting that Sam Harris is an anti-Muslim bigot... on what turned out to be the eve of a jihadist attack on Westminster. Harris pushe...

55 min
Mar 15, 2017
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Louis Theroux is one of the most important figures on British TV. His BBC documentaries have won him two BAFTAs, an Emmy nomination and superstar status across the pond (and Down Under). Louis started out as a correspondent on Michael Moore’s NBC show ...

61 min
Mar 7, 2017
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Amid all the chatter about Muslim bans, refugees and anti-discrimination, it can be tricky to know how to tread on the topic of Islam. Join Josh and Eiynah, the renowned ex-Muslim pro-sex feminist, as they dig into the thorny issues of Trumpism, Islami...

55 min
Mar 2, 2017
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What does a sharp New York gal from a Trump-voting Wisconsin county think about the President's first speech to Congress? And about Syrians? And about identity politics? And about end-of-life health care for greedy baby boomers? Why, Josh digs int...

48 min
Feb 21, 2017
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Who cares about Australia? Well, Trump does, a bit. And Josh does, a lot. And so does Aussie journalist and all-round clever funny guy James West, of Mother Jones magazine in New York. Together, they explain Australia's refugee policy, the kerfuff...

64 min
Feb 18, 2017
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A Trump supporter, an anti-Trumper walk into a bar to discuss Milo Yiannopoulos, masculinity and the backlash from the Left… and get derailed into discussing immigration, assimilation, bigotry, neoliberalism and whether The West Is The Best. How will i...

87 min
Feb 12, 2017
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Free will! Marxism! Moral philosophy! Cruelty to animals! Cruelty to Nazis! Sam Harris! Peter Singer! This week, Josh takes a break from politics in a wide-ranging, thought-provoking dialog with the wisest comedian we know, Myq Kaplan. The two of them ...

53 min
Feb 4, 2017
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Probably not. Who knows? Maybe Medium.com does. Several articles have gone viral on Facebook with titles like "“Trial balloon for a coup." Might the chaos of Trump's first two weeks be a deception? Whom should we believe, dear listener? ...

12 min
Jan 29, 2017
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Josh has a lot to say. About 13 minutes worth of thoughts.

63 min
Jan 24, 2017
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In such a crazy week debating really does need saving and luckily this week's guest made debate great again. Josh is joined by Sabrina Jalees, Josh Androsky and Eliza Skinner. @JOSHZEPPS @WTP_LIVE

83 min
Jan 14, 2017
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After a relaxing holiday hiatus, we're back! And so is America's political shitstorm. Amid sordid rumors about his links to Russia, Trump held his first press conference as president-elect. Today, Josh is joined from Moscow by Russian dissi...

40 min
Dec 18, 2016
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Welcome back humans. Back when we were young, supple and innocent, Josh took the show to Philly. We have finally recovered from the disturbing news we received while there and are now ready to release this episode... I'm being semi serious, but ...

61 min
Dec 9, 2016
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Welcome back, humans. Do you need a break from the storm? Something personal and fun? Well, we did. So enjoy this conversation between legendary comic Andy Kindler and Josh. @WTP_LIVE @JOSHZEPPS

58 min
Dec 2, 2016
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Josh is joined by white Republican female human Carrie Sheffield and non-white Democratic female human Samhita Mukopadhyay. But we don't see labels, coz we're, like, so totes beyond identity. Does Trump herald the end of identity politics, or...

65 min
Nov 23, 2016
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Welcome back humans! Fusion's financial megawhizz breaks down the breakdown of the American Working class. Globalization? NAFTA? China? What to do? And what will Trumponomics look like? @WTP_LIVE @JOSHZEPSS #MakeDebateHealthy

107 min
Nov 16, 2016
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Welcome back humans! Now that the election dust has settled Josh delivers a 21 minute speech like you've never heard on this show before. Then our favorite socialist, Harvey Kaye, and our favorite libertarian, Kmele Foster, wrestle with the futu...

37 min
Nov 9, 2016
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Josh is joined by Slate's Political Gabfest host David Plotz. They take turns trying to calm eachother. #MakeDebatehealthy @WTP_LIVE @JOSHZEPPS

42 min
Nov 7, 2016
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Welcome back humans! This week Josh broke out of his elitist high tower and went deep into the heartland of a swing state! Well, he went to Philly and talked to a bunch of smug comics, but it's a great show, that made debate lighthearted and hea...

54 min
Nov 3, 2016
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Welcome back humans! The countdown is on and Josh was able to wax and worry with our friends at the Majority Report. As always, Sam Seder and Michael Brooks help keep things healthy. Enjoy! @WTP_LIVE @JOSHZEPPS #MakeDebateHealthy

67 min
Oct 27, 2016
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We are back with a live and HEATED debate humans! Josh was joined by three fan favorites, Akilah Hughes, Chris Hamilton and James Myers and debate got extra healthy. Strap yourself in for an intense hour. #MakeDebateHealthyAgain @JOSHZEPPS @WTP_LIVE

30 min
Oct 18, 2016
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Welcome back humans! This is a bonus complain-fest with our crew from Ep. 57, Roger Sachar, Giluia Rozzi and Michael Moynihan. They stuck around for a bit to talk about the hellhole we all love...twitter. Will be back with a topical episode about th...

47 min
Oct 10, 2016
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The day after one of the most fiery presidential debates in a generation -- after a week of Trumpian cataclysms and defections -- Josh dials in from an undisclosed location in Bangkok to riff with the one and only Mike Pesca, host of The Gist, about th...

59 min
Oct 6, 2016
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Trump! Islam! Syria! Multiculturalism! Transgender words! Danish hot dogs! Devour it all as Josh pulls no punches with Gad Saad, the firebrand behavioral scientist who makes regressive leftists quake in their sustainably-farmed hemp booties. Saad is a ...

41 min
Sep 29, 2016
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Welcome back humans! Josh took the stage at Over the Eight with the lovely Roger Sachar, Michael Moynihan and Giulia Rozzi to get past the "oh snap he went there" and dig a little deeper. And when they dug in, it got dark, it got funny, blo...

56 min
Sep 25, 2016
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Welcome back humans. Josh jumped on the Skype to talk to the wise Nick Gillespie about voices and topics that need to be a part of our debate...but won't be. #MakeDebateHealthyAgain @JOSHZEPPS @WTP_LIVE

75 min
Sep 20, 2016
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Donald and Hillary are now neck-and-neck in key battleground states. Is this a temporary blip, or is Clinton floundering? What is it about Hillary that makes her such a hard sell? HuffPost political guru Jason Linkins dissects the Foibles of the Clinto...

37 min
Sep 16, 2016
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Welcome back humans! Josh sat down with "Wrecked" star Zach Cregger before the show became a hit. The two talk about the creative drive and the risks they take. Enjoy! @WTP_LIVE @JOSHZEPPS

74 min
Sep 8, 2016
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Welcome to Part Deux of a difficult conversation about having difficult conversations. Three of Josh's favorites minds joined him for a powerful discussion. Listen to Part One first. Let's #makedebatehealthyagain, humans. @wtp_live @joshzepps

109 min
Sep 8, 2016
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"Welcome, humans, to a difficult conversation about having difficult conversations. Three of Josh's favorites minds join him for a powerful discussion that gets... interesting. Hey. We're here to #makedebatehealthyagain, folks. @wtp_liv...

34 min
Sep 5, 2016
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Welcome back humans! On this bonus episode we continue our conversation with Myq Kaplan, Corinne Fisher, and James Myers, but this half hour takes a personal turn. It's about sex scandals, it's about relationships, it's about blood play...

52 min
Sep 1, 2016
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Welcome back humans! This week Josh is joined by Myq Kaplan, Corinne Fisher, and James Myers live at Over the Eight Bar in Brooklyn. But, this episode isn't about hipster bars, it's about the about the border, sports stadiums, college campu...

41 min
Aug 26, 2016
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Welcome back humans! This week Josh has an in-depth conversation with Negin Farsad and Kmele Foster about racial profiling and personal identity. They laugh, they provoke one another, they sweat, they #MakeDebateHealthyAgain. @JoshZepps @WTP_LIVE

48 min
Aug 20, 2016
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Welcome back humans! We are damn near live at Majority Fm with great guests Kmele Foster, Negin Farsad, and Krystyna Hutchinson! On this ep we discuss the horse race, take a brief reprieve in chatting about the Olympics, and then we dive into calling...

38 min
Aug 12, 2016
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Welcome back humans! This country is very good at many things, for instance prescribing medications or labeling people. We are not so good at discussing mental illness in a personal and complicated way. That's why this week Josh is joined by Al...

47 min
Jul 28, 2016
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Welcome back to another genuinely live show humans! This week Josh is joined by Kmele Foster, Kyle Ayers, and Samhita Mukhopadhyay. The four examine the DNC convention from top to bottom, from left to right... and other ways! Then, they take a close...

33 min
Jul 23, 2016
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Welcome to a post GOP convention show! Frequent guest Michael "Socialist" Brooks and Roger "Republican" Sachar sat down last month to talk the future the Republicans. We figured this is the perfect week to bring it to you. @JoshZ...

55 min
Jul 15, 2016
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Welcome back to a heated three person panel WTPL. This episode was recorded last night as the attacks in France were unfolding, so Josh and guests had time to reflect on the current shit show that was developing and look back at last week's trage...

56 min
Jul 13, 2016
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You spoke, humans, and we listened. After much clamouring from their mutual fans, Josh finally caught up with Dave Rubin: comic, TV host, anti-regressive-leftist and Islamophobia-phobe. Tune in as they discuss politics, culture, terrorism, liberalism p...

27 min
Jul 7, 2016
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AUSTRALIAN ELECTION #1: Wil Anderson

35 min
Jul 7, 2016
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Guess what? There was an election in Australia! A big one! A weird one! In part #1 of our two-part AustralianElectionPalooza Special, Josh sits down with the wildly popular Aussie comic and TV host Wil Anderson to help Americans feel better about thei...

22 min
Jun 24, 2016
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Josh jumped on the phone with Felix Salmon to discuss BREXIT. @WTP_LIVE @JOSHZEPPS #MakeDebateHealthyAgain

38 min
Jun 24, 2016
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Welcome back to a very not live but very we-the-people-ie conversation. Josh sat down with frequent smart-ass Anthony Lappé and WTPL rookie Sarah Aziza. Sarah is an up and coming journalist, Anthony is a grizzled veteran and they serve up a fascinati...

48 min
Jun 20, 2016
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Welcome to another odd WeThePeople LIVE! Due to a last minute emergency Josh handed the reigns to beloved WTPL vet Michael Brooks. Joining Michael were three delightful guest: Kevin Allison, Roger Sarchar, and Aparna Nancherla. The four make debate...

19 min
Jun 17, 2016
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Welcome to something totally different! This is a one on one with WTPL producer Grant Irving. Grant is releasing an intense story on the CBC's LOVEME podcast on Monday the 20th. Josh sat down with Grant to discuss everything that went into ma...

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